Galwan Valley border clash completely caused by Indian side: Chinese Defense Ministry
ISLAMABAD-BEIJING,Chinese Defense Ministry Wednesday said the recent border clash between China and India was completely caused by the Indian side's violation of consensus and unilateral provocation, and called for severe punishment to those who are accountable for the June 15 standoff.
For the recent China-India border tensions, India should severely punish those who are accountable for
the clash on the evening of June 15 and work with China together to maintain the peace in border region,
said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND) at a
regular press conference.
For the current situation in the border region between the two countries, Wu stressed that China has sovereignty over the Galwan Valley region and the Chinese border troops have been patrolling and on
duty in this region for the last many years.
representations and oppositions for many times.
necessary responding measures and strengthen management and control in these areas.
With China's vigorous push, the two sides agreed to hold bilateral communications through multiple
channels. On June 6, the border troops of both countries held the first Corps Commander-level meeting
and reached consensus on easing the situation through concrete measures.
facilities, and the two sides would discuss and decide phased withdrawal of troops through the meetings
between on-scene commanders.
However, on the evening of June 15, India's front-line troops, in violation of the agreement reached at
the Corps Commander-level meeting, once again crossed the LAC for deliberate provocation, and even
violently attacked the Chinese officers and soldiers who went there for negotiation, thus triggering fierce
physical conflicts and causing casualties.
In response to such a deliberate provocation, "Chinese border troops took decisive countermeasures
in self-defense, resolutely fought back against the violent acts of the Indian side, and effectively
safeguarded China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity," said Wu.
India should bear the full responsibility for the incident that was solely and completely triggered
by its breach of consensus and unilateral provocations. The Chinese side demands that India
should severely punish those who should be held accountable, strictly discipline its frontline troops
so as to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.
After the clash, China and India have stayed in close communications through military and
Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar reached an agreement over a phone conservation to handle the
The second Corps Commander-level meeting was held on June 22 where the two sides exchanged
views on the management and control of border tensions and the maintenance of peace and stability
in the border areas.
Regarding to the future border situation, Wu expressed that China and India are important neighbors
to each other. Maintaining a peaceful and tranquil border region is in the common interests of both
sides and requires common efforts as well.
China hopes that "India will work with China, follow faithfully the important consensus reached between
the two leaders, abide by the agreements reached between the two governments, and properly handle
relevant issues through dialogues and negotiations on various levels. The two sides should make great
efforts to jointly ease current border tensions and uphold peace and stability in these areas," Wu said.